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Dr. Na Xu
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Who Tends to Get the Most Cavities?

Posted on 3/20/2017 by Na Xu
A man suffering from cavities due to severe dry mouth!
It seems like everyone has a friend that was blessed with perfect teeth. While you are regularly visiting your dentist and just as regularly getting filling after filling for the cavities that you developed, your friend eats everything that's bad for you and never has a problem.

There are a lot of reasons some people get more cavities than others. Some reasons are diet, others are your maintenance regimen, and for some it is simply genetics. If you have other health problems, you may be prescribed medication that makes you more vulnerable.

Your Diet Matters
What you eat has a direct effect on your teeth. You know about sugary foods; sugar feeds the cavity-causing bacteria. But sugar isn't the only problem. Foods like potato chips are a problem the starches break down into sugar and then you may as well be eating a piece of candy. Highly acidic foods, eat the enamel on your teeth, which is what protects your teeth from decay.

What Else Causes Cavities?

Eating disorders, especially bulimia, wreak havoc on your teeth. Drug use also causes your teeth to break down and methamphetamine is notorious for the damage it can do to your teeth. Smoking is no friend to your oral health either. What drug use and smoking have in common is that they both dry out your mouth. Dry mouth is a killer for your teeth because saliva is what your body produces to keep your teeth clean in between brushing.

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can also cause problems as can certain medications. Medications that cause dry mouth reduce the amount of saliva that is produced.

If you have large fillings or poor quality fillings or crowns you may encounter problems. The bacteria can get behind your fillings or crowns and cause decay that can only be seen by your dentist. This is why annual dental checkups are important.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about cavities.

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